Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 2nd of February, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
Starting in Quarter 4 of 2013, the assistant registrars in political parties appointed by the Election Commission to help register voters have not had their terms renewed. This has reduced the number of voter registration exercises which political parties can conduct. As a result, the number of newly registered voters as well as the nett increase in the number of voters after the 13th General Election has been significantly reduced.
For example, in Quarter 1 2013, the total number of newly registered voters was 104,959. This was reduced to 49,789 in Quarter 2 2013 probably as a result of the election campaign activities. This number was reduced to 18,693 and 21,754 in Quarter 3 and 4 2013, respectively (Table 1 below). While part of the reason why new registrations may have fallen is because eligible voters do not see the need to register after the conclusion of the 13th General Election, it cannot be denied that the non-renewal of the assistant registrars in political parties has also reduced voter registration by the political parties.